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The Pulp singer and solo artist told fans at a Guardian-hosted talk and Q&A for his new memoir Good Pop, Bad Pop that the band will regroup for 2023.
It follows a 15-second clip shared by Cocker on Instagram last week in which the words “What exactly do you do for an encore?” appeared on screen. The line is from the title track of Pulp’s 1998 album ‘This Is Hardcore’, which hits its 25th anniversary milestone next year.
The move prompted fans to speculate that a reunion was on the cards. At tonight’s (July 25) book event Cocker said that the post was “deliberately cryptic”.
Next question on THAT Instagram post from last week. JC: “It was deliberately cryptic. It’s a line from This Is Hardcore… Next year Pulp are going to play some concerts!”
— Acrylic Afternoons (@AcrylcAftrnoons) July 25, 2022
“It’s a line from ‘This Is Hardcore’… next year Pulp are going to play some concerts!” he said.
It’s not known yet when, where and how many gigs will take place in 2023.
The seminal Sheffield band announced their last reunion in November 2010 featuring the Different Class line-up of Cocker, Russell Senior, Candida Doyle, Nick Banks, Steve Mackey and Mark Webber. They went on to play a number of shows including a now-legendary surprise set at Glastonbury 2011 and a headline slot at Reading & Leeds that year.
Pulp haven’t performed together since December 2012 when they played a homecoming gig in Sheffield and two shows aboard the SS Coachella Cruise.
Speaking to NME in 2015 Cocker compared Pulp to “a dormant volcano”.
“You can think ‘wow, that’s dormant’ and then the next day your house has gone, because it’s erupted,” he said.